CyberFair Project ID: 4867

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: With dreams taking off from 23.5 degrees
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Bei-huei Elementary School
    Chiayi County, Taiwan, R.O.C

10 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): non

Classes and Teachers: Fang-ci Wu, Pei-chi Chiu, and Xiao-jun Zhou

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

“The Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center” is the sixth generation landmark here. Local residents have called this place “the Tropic of Cancer,” which had different meanings to people of all ages. For those who aged over 50, their terrified memory of the 228 event can’t be erased. People below 20 years old have made this place part of their lives through attending activities held by the Solar Exploration Center. This research combined history, geography, science, art, information, and the humanities….,etc. What’s more important, the invisible line of the Tropic of Cancer has not only tied the residents’ passion with this place but also made beautiful memory in their hearts.

2. Summary of Our Project

1. To investigate the equipment and function of the Solar Exploration Center inside and outside. 2. To understand its geographical meanings. 3. To investigate changes of the Tropic of Cancer landmarks and its historical background. 4. To understand feelings and expectations of the students of Bei-huei primary school and the community residents. 5. To train the little guides to promote people’s recognition of the Center. 6. To set the website to extend findings of the research for sharing of information.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We used classroom computers of P4 3.0. We surfed the Internet through ADSL, with 10M of downloading speed and 1 M for uploading.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Computers in our classroom were clapped out Solution: Every Thursday afternoon in science club time, we studied the related data of last web carnival in science lab, which was just next to the computer lab. Besides, we can also used the computers during lunch break. 2.Time pressure Solution: We cherish every opportunity for learning. Fortunately, we can take good care of both classroom lessons and extra curriculum. 3.Limited information Solution: Thanks for our teachers, we gradually learned how to do it. 4.Insufficient funds Solution: We appreciated rearrangement of the school budget. Also, some teachers used their personal devices to help save money.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We are glad to join the competition of web carnival. We have learned many techniques for doing research and acquired abilities for information. All of these were sure to make fantastic memory on us.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Our principal served as the Curator of the Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center in November, 2006. The theme of our school basis curriculum was extended on the low, middle, and high graders. It was also combined with the information curriculum. We learned how to design and make web pages. We also learned how to use digital camera, recording pen, and flash disk. Moreover, we learned that everyone should cooperate with each other and do our own duty in the team. Every part of research is teamwork and cannot be done alone. Like a tiny but important screw, we need to cope with one another to proceed smoothly and successfully with the research We realized that learning is boundless. Besides knowledge in textbooks, there is still lots of interesting and useful information for us to explore. Also, joining the activities can bring unexpected results In addition to its accordance with our curriculum of school basis, we had held such activities as “designing the new generation landmark” and questionnaires to let all students join the research of our special project. The present education emphasizes personal academic performance. However, the importance of learning process and teamwork cannot be ignored. It is a pity that most students in Taiwan don’t have this kind of learning opportunity due to the fixed schooling time. The Solar Exploration Center often held activities for people to join. We felt ourselves important because we expressed the information to our family and neighbors. We brought the clear schedules or notifications of the activities to let them know the related information. Our teacher has shared her experience of learning when she dared not to ask teachers questions. She used to look up in the encyclopedia, but not every time could she find the answer. Now in the world of the Internet, we only need to move our fingers to find anything we need. However, our teacher also reminded us that many students’ handwriting ability is decreasing because they rely too much on computers.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We use Computers.Telephones.Digital cameras.Scanners Recording pens.Flash disks.Computer software of Dreamweaver.Computer software of drawing and painting. Printers We think the most useful tool is the computer. Whether we used the recording pens, digital cameras, or flash disks, all of the materials acquired need to be handled by the computer. Even making of web pages is in need of it

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

community. Our “mission” was to show the world our hometown’s special traits. In addition to introduce the Solar Exploration Center to our family and neighbors, we also joined the training of the little for the Center. When we became qualified guides, we acted as tour guides for visitors to the Solar Exploration Center. When they asked where came from, we were proud to say: “we came from Bei-huei primary school.” We interviewed the Magistrate Ming-wen Chen, writer of Shueishang Township’s history Hai-shan Lai, the Schemer Qing-liang Yang, and the Curator Shu-juan Chen. In our first interview we were so nervous that we didn’t know what to say. Thanks to our teacher for reminding us. Now we are more experienced and relaxed when doing the interviews. We feel like real little reporters.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

In the research we distributed about 700 questionnaires to understand the students and the residents’ thoughts about the Solar Exploration Center. And we conveyed their ideas to the Curator and the Magistrate through the interviews. Many people knew the built of the Solar Exploration Center was to commemorate passing of the Tropic of Cancer, but few really knew it well. Through our website, local residents get to know the Tropic of Cancer better. They can realize that it is not a “fixed line,” but it would sometimes “drift a little.” Our school is the only one in the world that has the Tropic of Cancer going through. We called ourselves the unique “sun primary school of the world.” We believe people from other countries would like to visit us to feel the special custom and geography at the conjunction of the tropics and subtropics after surfing our website.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The Schemer Qing-liang Yang made a speech to our school on December 6, 2006. He not only let us learn more about the Tropic of Cancer, but also revealed that his team was working on the planning of the “Dao-jiang Stream” in front of our school. We were asked to provide information and design for it. Maybe he would adopt our ideas.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

When we interviewed Mr. Hai-shan Lai, we found he is a very wise and knowledgeable person. It subverted our stereotype of the elders. We were touched by his passion for the community. We conveyed people’s suggestions to the government in the interview with the Magistrate. We were surprised that he thought highly of our ideas and even had discussion with us.


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